Transtextual Postmodernity: Hassan Najmi´s Novel: Gīrtrūd, Gertrude Stein´s The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, and Anaïs Nin´s The Dairy of Anaïs Nin

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Hassan Najmi´s novel Gīrtrūd represents an example of the postmodern novel with its transtextual characters expressed fictionally. Hassan Najmi transforms the one-dimensional flat character, Mohammed, in Gertrude Stein´s The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas into a three-dimensional dynamic character. In Gīrtrūd, the narrator Hassan becomes Mohammed´s voice – the very incarnation of Mohammed. They become each other´s double, fiction, reality, and mask of alterity. Through a kind of narrative game, the narrative voice – local form – reads, interprets and overwrites Western material/texts. As a postmodern novel, Hassan Najmi´s Gīrtrūd, narrates the story of Moroccan fiction in its complex relation to Western literature.
Keywords: novel, fiction, postmodernity, narrative game, bilingual identity
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Geographies : Texts and Contexts in Modern Arabic Literature
EditorsRoger Allen, Gonzalo Fernandez, Francisco M. Rodriguez Sierra, Tetz Rooke
Number of pages20
Place of PublicationMadrid
PublisherMadrid: Ediciones Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-84-8344-620-1
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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